Committing Curricular Time to Science Literacy: The Benefits from Science-based Media Resources

William McClune

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperpeer-review


Science reported in the media is an authentic source material to explore science research and innovation, to learn how science works and to consolidate science literacy skills.

Media reports intended to communicate science research and innovation provide opportunities for teachers to develop among their pupils the critical reading skills that are essential for promoting literacy in science.

This study focuses on a curricular intervention with upper primary pupils (age 11 years) and uses science reported in the media to facilitate science directed learning in the primary curriculum.

The study suggests that the use of science based media reports can be a positive learning experience for pupils. Strategies and teaching approaches can be used to boost pupils’ confidence and competence to adopt critical reading strategies when they encounter science-based media.

Critical reading and reasoning strategies vary in their degree of difficulty. This study would suggest that, when using media-based resources, teachers need approaches that systematically address the different levels of cognative challenge presented by media resources and create opportunities within the curriculum to revisit, consolidate and develop pupils’ critical reasoning skills.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 09 Jun 2016
EventPrimary Science Teaching Trust International conference: No Boundaries: no barriers - Belfast, United Kingdom
Duration: 09 Jun 201611 Jun 2016


ConferencePrimary Science Teaching Trust International conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


Dive into the research topics of 'Committing Curricular Time to Science Literacy: The Benefits from Science-based Media Resources'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this